US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

A U.S. Navy destroyer fired a warning flare at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf on Monday after the Revolutionary Guard ship came within 1,100 yards of the USS Mahan before turning away.

The U.S. and Iran routinely have tense encounters in the Persian Gulf and the nearby Strait of Hormuz, through which a third of all oil traded by sea passes.

The U.S. officials said the Iranian "fast-attack craft" had its weapons manned, to which the USS Mahan responded by manning its own weapons, sounding the danger signal, firing a flare and altering course to avoid the oncoming Iranian ship.

This is a developing story.

Iranian corvette class vessel "Shahid Naqdi", sent by Tehran to the Mediterranean to help "train the Syrian navy", enters the Suez Canal early on February 21, 2012, on its way back to Iran.

During this particular hostile incident between the U.S. Navy and the Iranian military, the approaching vessels came with 900 yards of the USS Mahan.

The close encounter comes after U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, slammed Iran for its nuclear weapons programme. The incident is the most recent evidence of escalating hostilities between America and Iran. Following the incident in January, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis explained the extent of confrontation in the Persian Gulf, saying there were "a total of 35 [incidents] in 2016 that were assessed to be unsafe and unprofessional".

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